News Essentials: 18th February 2019
A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:
Council did not do enough to protect toddler from harm: Ombudsman
Child left with life-long injuries after opportunities missed to protect him. Full story: Family Law Week.
Girl must live with stranger instead of grandparents, judge rules
Croydon family court judge says blood relationship ‘powerful’ but not ‘definitive’. Full story: The Independent. See C (A Child), below.
Family Drug and Alcohol Courts backed by private donors
A group of private backers has agreed to fund a national unit supporting courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so their children are not taken into care. Full story: BBC News.
The Family Procedure Rules 2010 and Court of Protection Rules 2017 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
The amendments remove provision in the FPR and COPR which relates to powers, processes and orders under EU instruments or international agreements which will no longer be applicable or available when those instruments or agreements are revoked by the Withdrawal Act or the statutory instruments made under it, or in some cases amend such provision where such instruments are retained in an amended form. Statutory Instrument.
L-W Children  EWCA Civ 159 (14 February 2019)
Care proceedings. Appeal by mother against finding that she had failed to protect children. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.
Re E (Abduction Article 13B Deferred Return Order)  EWHC 256 (Fam)
Application by father for summary return to Spain of child subject to care proceedings. Application dismissed. Full report: Family Law Week.
C (A child : care and a placement order)  EWFC B87 (23 November 2018)
Care and placement proceedings in respect of a child born in 2017. Special guardianship order made in favour of mother's friend. Full report: Bailii.
S (Care plans in discharge applications), Re  EWFC B88 (01 November 2018)
Applications by parents to discharge care orders in relation to four children, the parents having made 'extraordinary progress' since the orders were made. Full report: Bailii.
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